Cracking the Stained – Glass Ceiling

Senior rabbi of Temple Emanuel, the Beverly Hills Reform congregation, the first woman rabbi to hold such a position in a major metropolitan city. Rabbi Laura Geller did not ascend to the position step by step, moving up the ladder from smaller congregations. In 1994, she shattered the “stained-glass ceiling”—the de facto barrier to a woman serving a congregation of more than a thousand—suddenly and surprisingly. After twenty years as rabbi of the University of Southern California Hillel, the Jewish college organization, and director of the Southwest American Jewish Congress, a civil rights group, Geller became rabbi of this prized pulpit.

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